March 2017: Törnbom et al (2017) Self-Assessed Physical, Cognitive, and Emotional Impact of Stroke at 1 Month: The Importance of Stroke Severity and Participation. Journal of stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 26(1), 57-63, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2016.08.029
The last journal article I posted about on CS in December 2016, reported the prevalence of impairments after stroke; so this article seemed like a useful “other side of the coin” article to review for February 2017. In contrast to Lawrence et al, Törnbom et al give voice to the people directly affected by stroke. In the words of the authors, the “aims of this study were to describe the self-assessed physical, emotional, and cognitive impact of stroke. and to investigate associations with participation and stroke severity at 1 month poststroke”.
What is the actual experience of those who are recovering from stroke, and more particularly, those with a stroke-affected upper limb? Good question! Also, do the early self-assessments of their own experiences, have any association with what actually occurs one month down the track? If you want to know more, this article is well worth reading!
The PdF is freely available at: http://www.strokejournal.org/article/S1052-3057(16)30301-9/pdf To find the full reference, abstract and “humble opinion”, go to Journal Club 2017 and Self-Assessment After Stroke.